Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on January 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

It was what Luntz heard from the American people that scared him. They were contentious and argumentative. They didn’t listen to each other as they once had. They weren’t interested in hearing other points of view. They were divided one against the other, black vs. white, men vs. women, young vs. old, rich vs. poor. “They want to impose their opinions rather than express them,” is the way he describes what he saw. “And they’re picking up their leads from here in Washington.” Haven’t political disagreements always been contentious, I ask? “Not like this,” he says. “Not like this.”

Luntz knew that he, a maker of political messages and attacks and advertisements, had helped create this negativity, and it haunted him. But it was Obama he principally blamed. The people in his focus groups, he perceived, had absorbed the president’s message of class divisions, haves and have-nots, of redistribution. It was a message Luntz believed to be profoundly wrong, but one so powerful he had no slogans, no arguments with which to beat it back. In reelecting Obama, the people had spoken. And the people, he believed, were wrong. Having spent his career telling politicians what the people wanted to hear, Luntz now believed the people had been corrupted and were beyond saving. Obama had ruined the electorate, set them at each other’s throats, and there was no way to turn back.

Why not? I ask. Isn’t finding the right words to persuade people what you do? “I’m not good enough,” Luntz says. “And I hate that. I have come to the extent of my capabilities. And this is not false modesty. I think I’m pretty good. But not good enough.” The old Frank Luntz was sure he could invent slogans to sell the righteous conservative path of personal responsibility and free markets to anyone. The new Frank Luntz fears that is no longer the case, and it’s driving him crazy.

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I had no idea Luntz was trying to persuade people. I thought what Luntz was doing was focus groups and learning what people thought about things and going on TV with it. I didn’t know that Luntz was trying to win anything. I didn’t know Luntz was trying to come up with slogans to help beat Obama.

I had no idea that’s what Luntz was trying to do. His focus groups were an attempt to persuade people of conservatism? Get this from the piece. “Luntz mostly all says he wishes we would stop yelling at one another. He dreams of drafting some of the rich CEOs that he’s friends with to come up with a plan for saving America from its elected officials.” Well, the No Labels bunch? I’m just telling you, I’m honestly surprised here. I did not… Look, if Luntz was trying to affect the outcome of elections, he coulda done those focus groups in an entirely different way.

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Obama could not have been elected (remember what he said to Joe the Plumber?) without the ground having been prepared by nearly a century of ever-increasing entitlements, and most especially a “progressive” takeover of the major institutions that shape both the growing mind and the adult one (education, the MSM, and entertainment), as well as the slow and steady undermining of the traditional family…

Reagan in the 80s and Gingrich in the 90s were speaking to a different electorate in different times. Even though it was not all that long ago, the attitude of the public was more easily receptive to the message back then.

That does not mean it can’t resonate now, however. Despair about this is not an option, although it is sometimes a temptation. Obamacare is a little window of opportunity that needs to be opened. But the stupid party (you know who you are) had better get a lot smarter very soon. It’s late, and getting later.

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Now, these monarch-curious folks are still a tiny minority of the American Right. And as I noted, these movements aren’t directly related (tech libertarians, for example, probably hate Putin, who — in any event — isn’t a “monarch.”)

Still, they all have some things in common. First, they are boldly venturing outside the bounds of what would have been considered acceptable shared political opinion just a few years ago. This is, perhaps, indicative of the low level of confidence we have in our system and our leaders, of the atomization and feeling of alienation that is plaguing our nation, and also of the way technology can empower people whose opinions are outside the mainstream to spread what unconventional ideas…

Additionally, these movements tacitly accept that conservatism as a political force is utterly incapable of slowing the leftward march of liberalism. By definition, conservatives, who want to conserve the good things about the past, are always playing defense. When you consider that many of my conservative views aren’t terribly different from John F. Kennedy’s views in 1960, this becomes self-evident.

Some on the Right have given up the belief that they can fix our country by working within the current paradigm

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[O]n core questions involving social justice, we are far more united than our politics permit us to be. A survey released at the end of December by Hart Research, a Democratic polling firm, found that Americans supported extending unemployment insurance by a margin of 55 percent to 34 percent. Several recent surveys, including a Fox News poll, found that about two-thirds of Americans support an increase in the minimum wage.

This leads to two conclusions. The first is that most Americans broadly accept the New Deal consensus. We may disagree about this or that regulation or spending program. We may squabble over exactly how our approaches to policy should be updated for a new century. But there is far more agreement among the American people than there is among Washington lobbies, members of Congress or political commentators on the core proposition that government should help us through rough patches and guarantee a certain level of economic fairness…

The minimum-wage increase is typically labeled a “liberal” idea. Yet many grass-roots Republicans see respect for those who work hard as rooted in sound conservative principles demanding decent compensation for a day’s labor. An evangelical might see fair pay as a biblical imperative while a secularist might view the question through a more worldly philosophical prism. Nonetheless, their distinctive reasoning processes lead them to the same place.

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[W]hile upper-middle-class voters are happy to support higher taxes on 1 percenters — not least because they’re tired of trying to compete with them for schools and real estate — they don’t necessarily want a program that would require their own taxes to rise substantially.

And this is a problem for the populist left, because to build the kind of welfare state — European, Scandinavian — that seems to really level incomes, you need lots of tax dollars from the non-rich. Yet the current Democratic coalition has been built on a promise to never raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000 … or maybe $400,000 … or possibly $500,000, the threshold de Blasio chose.

That promise has made it safe for many well-off voters, in New York and elsewhere, to cast votes for liberal populism. But it’s also made it impossible for the populist war on inequality to ever actually be won.

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Republicans and conservatives can succeed only if they come home to Reagan’s vision of America. That vision sees government as a danger but not an enemy, and looks for ways to make it useful rather than harmful to the advancement of a free society. It is a vision in line with the spiritual heritage of Lincoln’s Republican Party — one that gives average people a hand up, not a hand out.

Many conservatives fear that this vision means Republicans will become the second party of big government, but that need not be true. Enabling government to do what it should do also involves pulling it back from all that it should not be doing. Fully implementing this vision would create smaller government because, over the years, we have extended so many handouts to people in all classes who do not need or deserve them. Congressional Republicans have tried to rein in entitlement spending in recent years, but they have failed, in large part because they are using arguments that do not resonate with the majority of the electorate. If Republicans instead simply restored the historical hand-up approach to government, they could shrink the size of the state by as much as or more than their recent budget proposals have suggested — all while increasing the political appeal of the conservative agenda.

Finding this new path will require both new rhetoric and new policy. First and foremost, however, it requires a renewed emphasis on an old goal: helping the common man advance in life. This has long been the driving purpose of American politics and the stated aim of just about every successful political coalition in our history. But in many respects it has ceased to be the goal of the Republican Party, and it needs to become so again…

If conservatives can understand that they are the party of government by and for the people as opposed to the party that wants to repeal all government entirely — that they are the party of a hand up rather than the party of the handout or of hands-off government — then, and only then, can they continue to lead America further on what Ronald Reagan called mankind’s journey from the swamp to the stars.

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Via Newsbusters.

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Via Newsbusters.


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UN-Bishop !

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 10:42 PM

lol Evening all.

Good job L2G :)

prayers continue for OC and his family.

CoffeeLover on January 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Until some can actually name their congresscritter rather than the contestants on American Idol, it’s here to stay, Frankie.

Lanceman on January 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I had no idea Luntz was trying to persuade people. I thought what Luntz was doing was focus groups and learning what people thought about things and going on TV with it. I didn’t know that Luntz was trying to win anything. I didn’t know Luntz was trying to come up with slogans to help beat Obama.

When I heard Rush talking about this today, I thought the same thing. What did he call his work? Sleeper cell conservatism? c:

Mark Boabaca on January 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

its cold out.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

hey hey hey

Jackalope on January 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

CL, there are many cold people that need hot beverages.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

If conservatives can understand that they are the party of government by and for the people as opposed to the party that wants to repeal all government entirely — that they are the party of a hand up rather than the party of the handout or of hands-off government — then, and only then, can they continue to lead America further on what Ronald Reagan called mankind’s journey from the swamp to the stars.

Henry Olsen, National Affairs

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Who in this party wants to “repeal all government entirely”?

I haven’t heard that from any of the Tea Party group.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Good People Die in Car Fires all the time……probably Screaming……didn’t that just happen?

Why doesn’t Frank Luntz DRIVE more?

williamg on January 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

its cold out.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

And I gotta work in this crap in the morning.

And I live in Floriduh!

Lanceman on January 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

That promise has made it safe for many well-off voters, in New York and elsewhere, to cast votes for liberal populism. But it’s also made it impossible for the populist war on inequality to ever actually be won.

And that is exactly what will cause the ultimate strategic defeat of liberalism… In order for the Welfare State to remain they need more tax money from more people and hence they will start losing a lot of voters from the rich to well off to the “middle” middle class… 90% of their base will be the poor and the lower middle class but there are not enough of them to win the elections…

mnjg on January 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Obama had ruined the electorate

yup

Jackalope on January 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Lanceman on January 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

better wear those ear muffs you got from twerpy.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Did anyone see Byron York on Greta on extending the unemployment benefits? “Oh, the Republicans will cave, and they should…..” It reminded me of when Eric Cantor said the Republicans would not oppose an end to “no pre-existing conditions”.

Marcus on January 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

let’s face it. the powers that be fear the tea party so they lie about the tea party all the time.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

better wear those ear muffs you got from twerpy.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I’ll be wearing a scarf, I can assure you.

Hope I don’t look gay….

Lanceman on January 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

***

Who in this party wants to “repeal all government entirely”?

I haven’t heard that from any of the Tea Party group.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Agreed. Since when have conservatives or the Tea Party advocated anarchy? That’s on display in Seattle or any conservative speaking engagement on a liberal college (redundant) campus–thanks to liberal-progs going berserk.

BuckeyeSam on January 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I missed it…what has happened with OC?

herm2416 on January 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Very common strong man out there right now. The Tea Party is not anti-government, they advocate the Constitution for crying out loud!

Jackalope on January 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Lanceman on January 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

not the Richard Simmons scarf? not that one.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Luntz knew that he, a maker of political messages and attacks and advertisements, had helped create this negativity, and it haunted him.

…I turned Frank off…after the election…when his “Focus Groups” were wrong!!!……..my bride says he still does focus stuff for TV… or something!

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I missed it…what has happened with OC?

herm2416 on January 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

He had a death in the family… A nephew, if I recall…

PointnClick on January 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Screw focus groups.

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

its cold out.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:47 PM

…cozmo can’t go pantless!

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

not the Richard Simmons scarf? not that one.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

No. It’s chenille. But it’s black.

Lanceman on January 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

prayers continue for OC and his family.

CoffeeLover on January 6, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Thanks, it was a very tough night. Finally got the autopsy results, It was a combo of Influenza A which enlarged his heart and dehydration…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

…they have hand warmers and foot warmers…do they have jock warmers!

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

PnC, thank you.

OC, if you are here, my deepest sympathy and condolences to you.

herm2416 on January 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Who in this party wants to “repeal all government entirely”?

I haven’t heard that from any of the Tea Party group.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

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Agreed. Since when have conservatives or the Tea Party advocated anarchy? That’s on display in Seattle or any conservative speaking engagement on a liberal college (redundant) campus–thanks to liberal-progs going berserk.

BuckeyeSam on January 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

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Is Henry Olsen someone who would unabashedly side with “progressives”?
I have to concede, I’m not familiar with him.

These (expletive) false claims/implications MUST be responded to.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

on a music note, Gimme Shelter, Merry Clayton

http://www.openculture.com/2013/06/mick_jagger_tells_the_story_behind_gimme_shelter.html

the story and the vocal track of her solo.

r keller on January 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I missed it…what has happened with OC?

herm2416 on January 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

He had a death in the family… A nephew, if I recall…

PointnClick on January 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Yes, it was my sister’s eldest and only son…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

…did Florida State play any tough teams?…or just a couple?

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

OC, if you are here, my deepest sympathy and condolences to you.

herm2416 on January 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Thank you…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Gloom……Despair
***** *******

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvU4CC6s2e4

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 11:03 PM

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

i’m so sorry…i pray for your family, and his mother especially

r keller on January 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Refreshing.

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

candy crowley is a complete idiot.

mrscullen on January 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

…praying and thinking about you and yours…for tomorrow buddy.

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Who in this party wants to “repeal all government entirely”?

I haven’t heard that from any of the Tea Party group.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Quit swinging your purse.

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

…cozmo can’t go pantless!

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

well not without canopfors Canadian schnutz warmer.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Stop them here, Auburn!

Lanceman on January 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Quit swinging your purse.

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

haha!

Murphy9 on January 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

r keller on January 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Thank you, my heart is breaking for Merrilee…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

But the stupid party (you know who you are) had better get a lot smarter very soon. It’s late, and getting later.

*bzzzzt* Too late; and the stupid party is too busy cutting their own throats to ‘get smart’.

Many conservatives fear that this vision means Republicans will become the second party of big government, but that need not be true.

*bzzzzt* Too late; already true.

Some on the Right have given up the belief that they can fix our country by working within the current paradigm.

*DINGDING* We have a winner.

Midas on January 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

when M9 is here, glyphs appear.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Since when have conservatives or the Tea Party advocated anarchy? That’s on display in Seattle…

BuckeyeSam on January 6, 2014 at 10:54 PM

You should’ve been here New Year’s Eve. Apparently May Day isn’t enough for them anymore.

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:08 PM

when b9 is here we can drink beer.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Yes, it was my sister’s eldest and only son…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

OmahaConservative:——————————:)

Real Life – Send Me An Angel
****************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07IDakz5Sww

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Thanks, it was a very tough night. Finally got the autopsy results, It was a combo of Influenza A which enlarged his heart and dehydration…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Thanks for keeping us informed.

If you have the flu go to the hospital because you need hydration. By the time you realize you have the flu and start trying to hydrate yourself it’s too late to catch up on fluids.

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:11 PM

hi twerp. how do these animals stay warm in such cold?

anyone may answer.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

He dreams of drafting some of the rich CEOs that he’s friends with to come up with a plan for saving America from its elected officials.He dreams of drafting some of the rich CEOs that he’s friends with to come up with a plan for saving America from its elected officials.

LOL, a plan. Are we going to have a beer summit between puritanical American communists and the Robertson family from Duck Dynasty, or something?

Doesn’t corporate America already own both parties and are responsible for funding Barry’s assault on the Other America?

Punchenko on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

OC- that was too young.

But I don’t know. Better place.

Seen it happen before once or twice.

I was always certain… higher purpose.

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

…did Florida State play any tough teams?…or just a couple?

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM

No. A couple teams that were good but overrated (Clemson and Miami).

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Thanks, yes by all means get to the hospital. Tommy was only 37…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

hi twerp. how do these animals stay warm in such cold?

anyone may answer.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Some don’t. Some die.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Thanks, none of us blame God…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Candy Crowley; completely repulsive.

Midas on January 6, 2014 at 11:16 PM

This entire article has me confused. Watching his focus groups from 2008 through the 2012 elections, I always got the feeling he was in awe of barryO and went to great lengths trying to put a positive spin on everything obama.

lonestar1 on January 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

b9 is here we can drink beer. SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I may have broken that rule a few times..

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Some on the Right have given up the belief that they can fix our country by working within the current paradigm.

*DINGDING* We have a winner.

Midas on January 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

We keep voting, and campaigning, and electing Republicans… yet the country continues drifting leftward. Hmm?

Punchenko on January 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

hi twerp. how do these animals stay warm in such cold?

anyone may answer.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Some don’t. Some die.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Thousands of cattle died in the Dakotas during a blizzard last spring.

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

,___,
[O.o]
/)__)
-”–”-
Who?

Murphy9 on January 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Prayers to you, OC.

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM

We keep voting, and campaigning, and electing Republicans… yet the country continues drifting leftward. Hmm?

Punchenko on January 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Go figure, eh?

I’m sure if we keep doing it, though, we’ll get a better result next time. Or, you know, the next time. Or, you know…

Midas on January 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Thanks JTL…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Thousands of cattle died in the Dakotas during a blizzard last spring.

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Who would have guessed that beasts weighing thousands of pounds couldn’t move when chest deep in snow!

~100,000 head

Murphy9 on January 6, 2014 at 11:24 PM

twerp. how do these animals stay warm in such cold? anyone may answer. SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM

They wear fur coats?

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 11:24 PM

This entire article has me confused. Watching his focus groups from 2008 through the 2012 elections, I always got the feeling he was in awe of barryO and went to great lengths trying to put a positive spin on everything obama.

lonestar1 on January 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

My take is that he has finally seen the light and has enough integrity to say so.

He will be getting a call from Palin/DeMint/Heritage.

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Sparky’s girlfriend, Candy is looking quite fetching on the screen cap. Not really.

arnold ziffel on January 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

I vote for repealing all government, can’t be any worse than actually having one at this point. Look on the bright side, we could all be wandering nomads driving supercharged 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupes and sporting sawed-off double barrel shotguns in a thigh rig.

Bishop on January 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Frank Luntz always seemed rude and like an egomaniac. I was never particularly impressed.

bluegill on January 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ No Pro-Amnesty Candidates in 2014 or 2016!

bluegill on January 6, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Who in this party wants to “repeal all government entirely”?

I haven’t heard that from any of the Tea Party group.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM
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Quit swinging your purse.

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

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haha!

Murphy9 on January 6, 2014 at 11:06 PM

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Nyaah nyaah …
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You have to go back to the Evolution thread, to get the gist (gest?) of that, everyone … : )

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

“Merrilee”

That’s an old school name. Quite beautiful.

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 8:25 PM
davidk <—- like an ostrich, sticks his head back into the sand, but not before throwing more crap up on the forum wall, and doesn't respond at all to my comment with anything of substance.

SauerKraut537 on January 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Yeah, Davy and Listens2Glenda both swing a mean purse.

Bandit13 on January 6, 2014 at 9:29 PM

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 11:10 PM

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Thanks, yes by all means get to the hospital. Tommy was only 37…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

OmahaConservative: Good Lord,..37,…waaaaaay toooo young.

Speaking of the FLU,…after picking up my grandson,(hes about 2)
on Friday,…I had diarrhea and upchucking started at 5:00AM, and
went through until noon Saturday,..finally fell asleep,..with on
and off upchucking,..(depending how much water I drank), and was
horizontal till about late Sunday night!!

Btw,..this was the worst FLU,..I’ve had in ten years!

My other grandson,(hes about 3),am watching him from 6:00AM
till 11,..tommorrow, and he go’s in for a tonsllectomy on Wednesday morning which has my nerves shot, because of the young girl situation thats currently in the news!!

AND yes, Too much Information,…Chitty/Chatty:—:)


Uncle of California girl declared brain dead after

complications following a tonsillectomy

says family will wait until Thursday to discuss whether to appeal judge’s decision – @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org
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canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 11:31 PM

arnold ziffel on January 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

ha ha

Too much Candy will give you sugar shock. And Candy Crowley will make you eyes burn.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Thanks, yes by all means get to the hospital. Tommy was only 37…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

My wife was only 50. She was shivering in bed beside me and said she was OK when I asked if she wanted to go to the emergency room.

When I called 911 in the morning it was too late. She had an infection. I’m not sure if calling earlier would have made a difference but I wish I had.

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Speaking of the FLU,…after picking up my grandson,(hes about 2)
on Friday,…

Dang-it,…thats from [Day Care]!

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

take care canopfor. we need you.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM

We keep voting, and campaigning, and electing Republicans… yet the country continues drifting leftward. Hmm?

Punchenko on January 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Go figure, eh?

I’m sure if we keep doing it, though, we’ll get a better result next time. Or, you know, the next time. Or, you know…

Midas on January 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Yes, sooner or later the GOP will add a sickle and hammer to the party logo to pick up important swing voters looking for increased choco rations.

Punchenko on January 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Blame Canada, er,..The Arctic,…Polar Vortex Boinks America!!
(non-sarc)

Winter storm, ‘polar vortex’ hits US Midwest, East, January 2014
5m

Just before 11pm ET, 85% of the country is below freezing and 24% is below zero – @twcMarkElliot
see original on twitter.com
===========================

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/winter-storm-expected-in-midwest-jan-4-6-2013/

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Too much Candy will give you sugar shock. And Candy Crowley will make you eyes burn.

SparkPlug on January 6, 2014 at 11:31 PM

That sweat hog sure had Barry’s back at the debate. Apparently Mitt must really like WTF moments because he was showered with them in 08 and 12.

arnold ziffel on January 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Yes, it is. Merrilee Annette, and I have a SIL Merrilee Ann…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Thanks, none of us blame God… OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:16 Pm

Oh, I in no way meant that. quite the opposite,

My friend passed same age. Same thing almost.

I just figured God wanted him home.

I’ll see him again.

wolly4321 on January 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Florida State 100 yard return!

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

We really need someone with conviction next time. I’m thinking it has to be Rand Paul or Ted Cruz. But will either cave on amnesty?

bluegill on January 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I don’t believe amnesty will pass before 2016. I’m optimistic.

bluegill on January 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

I vote for repealing all government, can’t be any worse than actually having one at this point. Look on the bright side, we could all be wandering nomads driving supercharged 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupes and sporting sawed-off double barrel shotguns in a thigh rig.

Bishop on January 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Mad Max 4: Fury Road comes out next year…

Murphy9 on January 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

canopfor on January 6, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Prayers ascending for your grandson…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Leadership: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/06/GOP-LEADERSHIP-Benghazi-victims-families-conservatives-absurd-and-inaccurate-in-select-committee-demand

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM

What does Benghazi have to do with an increased choco ration? I want to talk about increased choco rations, pre-K education, health care, and other things government can give me.

The Electorate

Republicans: OK, OK, we’ll talk about that stuff instead of any number of running government scandals that you’re clearly not interested in!

Punchenko on January 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Thanks, yes by all means get to the hospital. Tommy was only 37…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

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My wife was only 50. She was shivering in bed beside me and said she was OK when I asked if she wanted to go to the emergency room.

When I called 911 in the morning it was too late. She had an infection. I’m not sure if calling earlier would have made a difference but I wish I had.

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

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CONSPIRACY (or “Can-of-worms”) ALERT . . . . . . .

I haven’t been able to dispel the notion, that this flu virus has been getting some “special help” in mutating, and spreading.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Heartbreaking. Prayers ascending for you…

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

I’m going to re-post this here because everyone had left the JFK thread when I posted it there. Forgive me:

Today is Christmas for the Coptic Church in Egypt.

Why isn’t Kerry speaking up for them? Oh, I forgot…we don’t support Christians. Might anger our new allies in Iran.

CAIRO (AP) — Millions of Egyptian Christians thronged churches across this mainly Muslim nation for Christmas Mass, held Monday amid unusually tight security…

“We will pray under the night sky,” said Adel Shafiq, a Christian from the town of Dalga south of Cairo, who was attending Mass in a church looted and burned in August. “There is no roof and no windows. People are here wearing scarves and hats to fend off the night cold.”

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Florida State 100 yard return!

KOOLAID2 on January 6, 2014 at 11:37 PM

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Great … you had to bring THAT up … : (
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* I saw it live.

listens2glenn on January 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

But will either cave on amnesty?

bluegill on January 6, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Everyone has caved on Amnesty.

kcewa on January 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I vote for repealing all government, can’t be any worse than actually having one at this point. Look on the bright side, we could all be wandering nomads driving supercharged 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupes and sporting sawed-off double barrel shotguns in a thigh rig.

Bishop on January 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Boy howdy! Feminist scolds might actually need men again instead of their apartments full of cats and empty chocolate cake icing cans!

Productive people might start having kids again to care for them in old age!

Schools might start teaching again to advance civilization!

The military might start fighting and winning wars instead of building schools and winning “hearts and minds”!

Pajama-Boy might have to work in a field and start producing testosterone!

Punchenko on January 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

davidk on January 6, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Well now I feel left out. I usually pre-empt that moron with his own words and I don’t get recognition.

nobar on January 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

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